1. jeremyr4's Avatar
    I recently bought my Key2 LE and I have been trying it for about a week. I am not yet connected to a cell network - just trying it on WiFi. I have barely downloaded any apps on it (only Waze, B of A, Pandora, Sirius XM, Skype, and Yelp). Note that I literally don't use ANY of these - they are just installed. I have been using the hub only for 1 Exchange Server e-mail account and theoretically text messages are part of the hub but I am not connected to a mobile network.

    Anyhow, I have been getting low memory warnings, which is shocking considering that the only apps (in terms of the task manager (square button on the right)) are GMail, Hub, and Google Chrome. Right now within Chrome I only have 3 windows open. I do, however, typically have as many as 40 windows open within Chrome at once when I read the news in the morning but I always get through that within an hour and perhaps have several windows open throughout the day (at the same time within Chrome).

    Right now, for example, I have 3 windows open in Chrome + GMail + Hub. The Power Center Memory Usage shows 80.48% memory used, 799 MB free, performance Moderate. How is it possible that my performance is already slowed down with only these things open?!?

    The memory usage: current running apps shows 49 open apps but that almost all OS stuff like Bluetooth, NFC Service, Blackberry Keyboard, DTEK, etc, etc. Does this really mean that if I open 1 or 2 more apps I will end up with a low memory alert and already be tapped out? How can that be???

    So I rebooted the phone and, with the exact same apps open, it's now saying that 50 apps are open but the Free Memory is 1695 MB and Memory Used 58.61%. Does that mean something was causing a memory leak? I would imagine the only thing it could be is perhaps all of the Chrome windows that perhaps leak after they are closed?

    I just switched from a Classic so I have never used Android before. Not sure if I am doing something wrong or perhaps is the OS needs a reboot every week?

    Thanks for your help!
    Jeremy
    01-16-19 10:11 PM
  2. jeremyr4's Avatar
    So I have done some more experimenting and it looks like Chrome might be the issue. At one point I had 12 windows open within Chrome and 76% memory usage. I then closed Chrome and opened it right back up with the same windows and I was down to 59% memory usage.

    Any thoughts/suggestions as to how I can fix this problem without having to close and open Chrome either while or after having open many (10+) windows within it? I will be doing that 2x per day and I would rather not have to close and open it each time, if possible.

    Thanks!
    Jeremy
    01-16-19 11:29 PM
  3. bh7171's Avatar
    I am curious as to why you would ever want or need 40 or so tabs on Chrome open. You are coming from a Classic where you could not even utilize Chrome. I don't know any Android or Apple mobile device that might not experience similar memory fluctuations with that many tabs open on Chrome. Chrome is definitely causing the issue. Close all your open tabs on Chrome and garner memory data.
    01-17-19 01:30 AM
  4. bh7171's Avatar
    I would also suggest a hard reboot or holding your power off button for 32 seconds to see if it cleans things out and resorts memory usage.
    01-17-19 01:34 AM
  5. jeremyr4's Avatar
    Thanks for everyone's suggestions. I have tried a bunch of things today and pretty much concluded that Chrome is horrible at memory management in terms of leakage. I don't think there is much of a workaround for me aside from either closing/opening the app a couple times a day or rebooting daily. Not the worst problems but annoying that it needs to be done. Oh well...
    01-17-19 05:52 PM
  6. TheBlkGuyFrmWrk's Avatar
    May I suggest using Firefox or Brave? I'm pretty much in the same boat as use. I've been using Firefox since I've gotten my K2 LE. Only ran into low memory once. and that was because I didn't know android wouldn't close apps once too many were open like BB10.
    01-17-19 11:13 PM
  7. Tommy-boy's Avatar
    I typically only have a handful of tabs open on chrome. And I usually don't keep chrome open. I've also noticed that the memory management on the LE is subpar. A reboot normally frees up massive amounts of memory. Not sure the problem is strictly related to chrome. Also - I'm not a hard core user - mainly email, calendar, contacts, txt, 2 news apps, and a few others. I typically reboot once/twice per week. Doing so frees up at least 20% of memory almost every time.

    I wonder if Oreo took a step back from Nougat in that you now need to clear each apps' caches individually. With Nougat, one click could clear all of the apps' caches. But perhaps the reboot is now the equivalent of clearing all cache? Either way, Android could probably use better memory management.

    Tom
    01-18-19 11:42 AM
  8. conite's Avatar
    So I have done some more experimenting and it looks like Chrome might be the issue. At one point I had 12 windows open within Chrome and 76% memory usage. I then closed Chrome and opened it right back up with the same windows and I was down to 59% memory usage.

    Any thoughts/suggestions as to how I can fix this problem without having to close and open Chrome either while or after having open many (10+) windows within it? I will be doing that 2x per day and I would rather not have to close and open it each time, if possible.

    Thanks!
    Jeremy
    Clear the Chrome cache every week. It can balloon.
    01-18-19 01:17 PM
  9. conite's Avatar
    I typically only have a handful of tabs open on chrome. And I usually don't keep chrome open. I've also noticed that the memory management on the LE is subpar. A reboot normally frees up massive amounts of memory. Not sure the problem is strictly related to chrome. Also - I'm not a hard core user - mainly email, calendar, contacts, txt, 2 news apps, and a few others. I typically reboot once/twice per week. Doing so frees up at least 20% of memory almost every time.

    I wonder if Oreo took a step back from Nougat in that you now need to clear each apps' caches individually. With Nougat, one click could clear all of the apps' caches. But perhaps the reboot is now the equivalent of clearing all cache? Either way, Android could probably use better memory management.

    Tom
    Oreo cache management is infinitely better than Nougat. I've never had to clear any cache apart from Chrome.

    Somehow it gets special dispensation to allow its cache to grow.
    01-18-19 01:18 PM
  10. jeremyr4's Avatar
    Thanks for everyone's suggestions and feedback - I appreciate it! I might give Firefox a try, given the feedback here. Thanks again!
    01-18-19 09:22 PM
  11. the_boon's Avatar
    Chrome is a huge battery hog, I disable it since the first day on any Android device I have
    01-20-19 10:15 AM

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